Sprint king Usain Bolt fulfilled a boyhood dream Friday in making his much-anticipated football debut, exciting fans but tiring quickly in a 20-minute cameo for Australia's Central Coast Mariners.
The Jamaican superstar, a huge Manchester United fan, has been handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in a bid to prove he has what it takes to earn a professional playing contract.
His arrival has generated a massive buzz at the club's base in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, and some 10,000 people packed the Central Coast Stadium -- a virtually unprecedented turnout for a pre-season game.
It wasn't quite Old Trafford but there was a lively atmosphere with a brass band on hand to get the crowd going. "It's a wonderful moment to play at a high level, in professional football," Bolt said after the Mariners beat an amateur side 6-1.
"It was good, it was what I expected. The crowd gave me a big ovation which I really appreciated. I was a little bit nervous but as soon as I got on the field the nerves went."